First trailer for new ‘The Muppets’ TV series released – watch

'Contemporary, documentary-style' show is set to debut on ABC this autumn

ABC has released the first trailer for its new The Muppets TV series.

Set to debut on ABC this autumn, The Muppets will be the furry creatures’ first primetime series since the late ’90s. As the trailer explains – and knowingly sends up – the series is being conceived as a “contemporary, documentary-style show” which will apparently “lift the lid” on the Muppets’ personal lives and romantic relationships for the first time.

The new series featuring Jim Henson’s much-loved characters is being steered by Bill Prady, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, and Bob Kushell, formerly an executive producer on 3rd Rock From The Sun. Prady is a longtime Muppets who scripted the 1990 TV special The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson.

The Muppets were last seen on TV with Lady Gaga in a one-off 2013 special titled Lady Gaga And The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular. Their most recent film appearances came in last year’s Muppets Most Wanted, in which they were joined by Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey, and 2011’s The Muppets co-starring Jason Segel.

The Muppets aren’t the only Jim Henson crew set to enjoy a revival. In March it was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to star and produce in a live-action Fraggle Rock movie.